Sunday, June 30, 2013

Flyers take QMJHL defenseman Morin in first round

It was a prototypical selection for the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the 11th pick of the first round in Sunday's draft, Paul Holmgren announced that Samuel Morin from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the newest member of the franchise. It was a stunning rise for the young man, who was listed 23rd amongst all North American skaters by Central Scouting.

A 6-foot-6, 200-plus-pound blueliner who has toughness and grit, but needs to work on his skating, the 17-year-old native of Quebec totaled four goals, 16 points and 117 penalty minutes in 46 regular-season games in his second Canadian junior campaign. An injury derailed his season in January.

Morin picked up eight assists in 62 games during his first season with Rimouski in 2011-12, earning him a spot on the Q's All-Rookie squad, and competed for Team Canada at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, finishing with two points and a plus-six rating in seven games to help Canada win the gold.

He was the fourth of seven defensemen selected in the top 15 picks.

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